Energy  |  Events  |  07.03.2012

One year after 3/11: First anniversary of the Fukushima catastrophe

This event is organised by the Greens/ EFA Group in the European Parliament to honour the first anniversary of the Fukushima catastrophe. The conference will address the consequences of the catastrophe for life in the region as well as all around the world and offer Green perspectives on a sustainable energy future. 

EVENT: Conference
DATE: 7 March 2012, 10.00 - 17.30
PLACE: European Parliament, Room ASP1G3, 60 rue Wiertz, 1047 Brussels


6 March, evening: 

Film screening

7 March:

10:00-10:15 Welcome and Introduction, Rebecca Harms, Co-President of the Greens/EFA Group in the European Parliament

10:15-10:45 Special Keynote Speech “A man-made disaster – About origins and responsibilities”, Eisaku Sato, former governor of the Fukushima Prefecture 

10:45- 12:30 The Fukushima Disaster and Impacts

  • Accident Origin: earthquake or tsunami? The current state on site: Stabilization, really? Masashi Goto, Dr. of Engineering, University Lecturer, former Toshiba reactor designer
  • Consequences for life in the Fukushima region, Kenichi Hasegawa, Leader of Maeda district, Iitate village, Fukushima Prefecture
  • Health Impacts: Source term and exposure limits, Tatsuhiko Kodama, Professor for Systems Biology and Medicine, University of Tokyo
  • Environmental impacts, food safety, information policy and the role of NGOs, Aileen Mioko Smith, Board Member of Green Action

12:30-14:00 Lunch break

14:00-16:00 Consequences of the Disaster in Japan, Europe and the World

  • Economics of nuclear power, Steve Thomas, Professor of Energy Studies, University of Greenwich
  • Nuclear safety, Gueorgui Kastchiev, senior scientist at the University of Vienna, former head of the Bulgarian Nuclear Safety Authority

Nuclear propaganda and public opinion

  • Akira Kawasaki, Peace Boat Executive Committee member
  • Case Study EU, USA, NN

Impact in selected countries

  • Overview and outlook, Mycle Schneider, Independent Consultant on Energy and Nuclear Policy

16:00-17:30 Sustainable Energy Future - Get it done!

  • What has to be done on the political level, Claude Turmes, MEP
  • Which challenges, which opportunities, Eddie O'Connor, COE Mainstream Renewable Power